I have chest pain for years, but its started to get stronger by the day. Its like someone holding me downhow would I know if I'm having a heart attack?

See someone today. If you have suffered from chest pain for years an it is now worsening, you have unstable angina. This could be a sign of an impending myocardial infarction (heart attack), get seen today by a physician. Now. Don't keep reading, get up, get on the phone, get in to your emergency room. Really.
Go to ER. If you're having chest pain of increasing severity, especially if accompanied by profuse sweating, pain radiating into left arm, difficulty breathing, go to er asap; do not drive yourself or have a friend/relative drive you. Call ambulance for transport.

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I am a 29 year old female. I am healthy and work outregularly. I get a mild jaw pain that comes and goes. I haveno arm or chest pain. Could it be heart attack?

Unlikely. Jaw pain, especially if it occurs more in the morning can be due to biting down or grinding your teeth. It can also be produced by dental work that alters your bite, though the intermittency of your symptoms suggest things like teeth grinding or biting down from stress. Your heart does not share nerve supply for sensation of your jaw so heart attack unlikely. Also, it is very rare in a young woman. Read more...
Least likely. Although jaw pain can be a symptom of a heart attack, i think you would know by now if that was the problem. There are much more common causes of intermittent jaw pain. See a dentist for an evaluation of other common causes. Read more...
Need further testing. Jaw discomfort can be an atypical presentation of coronary heart disease, but further testing should be done before concluding that. A stress test, perhaps with echo or nuclear imaging, should be considered. Would be best to run this by your primary care physician. Read more...

C-reactive protein is 20.1. Dr said it's bad for my heart and puts me at risk for heart attack. If I had bad chest pain 20 years ago should I tell dr?

See details. An episode of chest pain at age 20 which occurred 20 years ago means nothing. A cardiac CRP of that level does impart some risk but is only one of several factors. Lipids, blood pressure, blood sugar levels and family history are much more important. Get an opinion with a cardiologist to put all if this in perspective. Read more...

Went to ER had chest pain EKG was ischemic from one 2 years ago eco was fine no heart attack no damage need to see a cardio I am freaked out m 41?

See cardiologist . My opinion is you need to see a cardiologist. This could be related to ischemic heart disease and i think would warrant expert evaluation you might need a stress test versus angiography. Read more...
Ischemia. Cardiac ischemia usually suggests coronary artery blockages. An echocardiogram does not detect coronary artery problems but can detect heart muscle damage, weakness or enlargement. An echocardiogram can be perfectly normal even when there is significant coronary artery disease. I recommend that you consult a cardiologist for further diagnosis, stress testing and advice. Read more...

I'm a otherwise healthy 21 year old and I've had chest pain for 2 weeks now. I've never smoked. If this was a heart attack would I have known by now?

Rare. Heart attack pain is very rare in a young woman non-smoker. There are other conditions that can cause it however and it certainly merits evaluation soon. See your Primary Care this week if possible. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! Read more...
Chest Pain. Chest pain is really an umbrella term and all of us are scarred. Chest pain can be due to many reasons. In young patients less likely heart attack. To diagnose heart attack you need at least ECG then blood work and Echo. Please talk with your dic and get base line ECG. Do you have anxiety disorder? Panic attack? Reflex disease? Muscular pain or MVP can cause chest pain too. Hope this help. Thanks. Read more...